Shanice Wilson, 14 May 1973, McKees Rocks, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but raised in Los Angeles, California, USA. Shanice began singing on stage with her mother Crystal and her aunt Penni, who now jointly oversee her career. Afterwards, she found her way into the modelling industry, appearing in television commercials, including one with Ella Fitzgerald, and performing in local musicals before reaching her teens. One particular performance in Get Happy led to her first recording contract when she was just 11-years old, with A&M Records. By 1990 she had been signed to Motown Records by president Jheryl Busby. Partnered with producer Narada Michael Walden, the resulting chemistry produced a 1992 gold-certified album, Inner Child, which featured the international hit single I Love Your Smile. Two other US Top 10 hits were also featured: Silent Prayer (which saw accompaniment from labelmate Johnny Gill) and Im Crying. Nominated for a Grammy as Best R&B Female Vocalist in her own country and awarded the Golden Lion Award as Best International Artist in Germany, Shanice built on the breakthrough with extensive international touring.
Meanwhile, she found time to collaborate with Kenny Loggins on his Live From The Redwoods album and contributed to three film soundtracks, Beverly Hills, 90210 (which gave Shanice another Top 5 US hit with Saving Forever For You), the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang (Dont Wanna Love You) and Meteor Man (which included her US R&B number 1 Its For You). 21 Ways... To Grow moved to a more up-tempo style, with harder grooves inspired by hip-hop and the usual array of soulful ballads. If featured another hit single in I Like, with remixes from Kenny Dope Gonzalez, while the albums production team included Jermaine Dupri (Kris Kross, Xscape) and Chris Stokes. She duetted with Jon Secada in 1995 on If I Never Knew You from the highly successful Walt Disney movie Pocahontas. Following a stint on Broadway in Les Misérables, Shanice worked on an abortive project for Arista Records. Appearances on albums by Babyface and Usher followed, before Shanice returned in 1999 with a solo album on the LaFace label. Shanice included the US Top 20 single, When I Close My Eyes. A further lengthy gap ensued before Shanice returned to the recording studio in 2006 with Every Woman Dreams.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.